Haggerty breaks down Canada's 2-1 win over Finland

Haggerty breaks down Canada's 2-1 win over Finland
February 16, 2014, 2:45 pm
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GOLD STAR: Drew Doughty continued a dominant tournament for Canada by scoring both goals for the Maple Leaf Crew in the overtime struggle against a stingy, feisty Finn hockey club. The first score was a power play strike to the top shelf of the blocker side of Rask, and the second Doughty score was a wrister through heavy traffic that squirted through Rask’s pads. It gives Doughty four goals for the Olympic tournament, and who would have guessed that he’d be leading Team Canada in the goals scored category during this tournament. Doughty’s gaudy goal total also shines a bright light on players like Sidney Crosby not carrying the offense yet, and underscoring that point: six of Canada’s 11 goals in the tournament have come from defensemen.
 
BLACK EYE: Jamie Benn got a golden chance to play on a top line with Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby, and really didn’t do anything with it. Zero shots on goal through the entire game with plenty of defensive attention paid to Crosby and Bergeron, and a dangerous cross-check to the back of Tuomo Ruutu in the waning moments of the third period. Benn was lucky that it wasn’t called by the refs, but he wasn’t making very good decisions throughout the game while given a more prominent role. That certainly didn’t help Crosby, who still doesn’t look quite like himself either as Mike Babcock tries to find linemates that will bring the best out of him.
 
TURNING POINT: Team Canada shook off a truly sleepy third period where it appeared the neutral zone trap of Finland combined with Tuukka Rask’s goaltending was putting them in the sleeper hold. The talented Canada crew managed to get into overtime and carried the play with a couple of scoring chances before Doughty finally launched one through Tuukka Rask’s pads. Credit Finland for being a pesky opponent, but Canada truly deserved to win the game.
 
HONORABLE MENTION: If it wasn’t for Drew Doughty, Tuukka Rask might have been the star of the tournament while shutting down the rest of Team Canada. He allowed one goal to beat him high to the blocker side in the first period, played lockdown hockey in the second and third period while Canada won the possession battle and pushed things into overtime. His eight saves in the third period were clutch for a Finnish team that wasn’t getting any pressure on Canada, but Doughty again found a hole in Rask’s pads in overtime on a shot that deflected on its way to the Finland net. Still, credit Rask for making 25 saves in a game effort against the high-powered Canadian team.  
 
BRUINS BY THE NUMBERS: Patrice Bergeron had one shot on goal in 15:28 of ice time, won 6-of-7 face-offs in the overtime plus action and played his normally solid game. But he was bumped up with Sidney Crosby for the entire game as the Team Canada coaching staff is looking to spark Sid the Kid’s offense, and that didn’t happen in the final game of the preliminary round. It makes one wonder  why they broke up a truly effective Bergeron-Tavares-Benn line from the first couple of games. 


QUOTE TO NOTE: “We knew we made a couple of mistakes off the bat. But we said we’re having a fun time, it’s the Olympics and lets show the world what Canada can do out there.” –Drew Doughty to NBCSN's Pierre McGuire after the Finns tied the game up in the second period.